Our skin is glass is an on going series of still images mixing real footage with digital elements. Those images are representing a new kind of territory; they have their roots in the real world but are at the same time far away from it. They are similar to multiple layers of memories distorted by the effects of time and space. They look like they are continuously changing and evolving, in a similar way to our environment being reshaped, remodelled and altered by our human activities. Despite the initial seducing aspect of the represented subjects, something fast and violent is happening, like an extreme heat turning living matter into glass.
This project started during a residency program in summer 2019 that took me and two other artists in the Atacama desert in Chile, in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and at La Becque in Switzerland.
I would like to thank Chico Dub from Novas Frequencia, Ana Ascencio & Mapping Festival, Patrick Kessler from Klang Moor Schopfe Festival, Fernando Godoy from Tsonami Festival, Luc Meier from La Becque, Lilian Fraiji from LabVerde and Pro Helvetia Coincidencia for their support.
The residency was documented on this Instagram account: instagram.com/atamalp_residency